Bayer wins final approval to build, operate new TDI Dormagen plant

07 January 2013 15:39  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany-based Bayer MaterialScience has received final approval for the construction and operation of a new 300,000 tonne/year world-scale toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) facility in Dormagen, the group said on Monday.

In February 2012, MaterialScience had received provisional approval from the authorities to start the early construction of the €150m ($197m) facility.

Building work has been underway and progress is going according to plan, it said.

“If progress on site continues at this pace, there is nothing standing in the way of us completing and commissioning the plant midway through 2014,” said Steffen Kuehling, who is in charge of production and technology in the group’s Polyurethanes business unit.

The TDI plant is part of MaterialScience’s restructuring plans and will replace the company’s existing production facilities at Brunsbuettel and Dormagen in Germany, as well as employing new gas phase phosgenation technology.

The new process is safer and more energy and ecologically efficient when compared with conventional TDI technology, according to the company.

“This innovative high-tech process marks the start of safe and eco-friendly world-scale polyurethane production that makes the best possible use of energy and resources,” said Joachim Wolff, member of MaterialScience’s executive committee for the Poluyurethanes business unit.

"Compared with a conventional plant with the same capacity, the new facility will reduce energy consumption by up to 60% and require as much as 80% less solvent. This will also give us a decisive competitive edge,” he added.

The construction phase of the project is expected to create between 500-1,500 additional jobs, MaterialScience said.

MaterialScience announced its TDI restructuring and new TDI capacity plans in March 2010 and applied for building permission back in April 2011.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Heidi Finch
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